Acorn Building, St Leonards Hospital, Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2RR
I was diagnosed with MND a little over a year ago and a short while after was referred to Dorset Wheelchair Services. I had a friendly but indepth assessment and a file was opened regarding my case. It was decided that at that time the supply of a chair was not suitable but as my condition was progressive, the door was left open for me to make contact when ever I thought I needed to be assessed again. That time arrived earlier this year and a prompt appointment was made for me. It was established I now needed a wheelchair and was able to try a number of different electric chairs. When a suitable model was chosen, a new chair was ordered for me. On the day of delivery, Stella and Sue came out with my new chair and did a full indoor and outdoor assessment of the property and gave me a full practical demonstration of the chair. We also went out around the footpaths locally to see how the chair performed. The service was excellent from start to finish and can`t praise highly enough all concerned.
I have been a wheelchair user for a number of years. My chair was originally supplied while I was in hospital following the amputation of two toes from my left foot due to Type 1 diabetes complications. Although I can still walk short distances, the wheelchair was issued to reduce the risk of ulceration caused by excessive walking and weight-bearing. I presumed that, as I had been supplied with a wheelchair which the Dorset Wheelchair service maintained regularly, that was the limit of their service. I have since had a below knee amputation of my right leg and over time the chair had become slightly unsuitable and uncomfortable to use, so I phoned DWS to see whether they could offer me any advice. I am happy to say that the Dorset Wheelchair Service were quick to deal with the problem. They offered an appointment with a therapist within about a month of my first call. At the appointment I was able to try new wheelchairs based on my needs and had a good choice of options to suit my own personal preferences. Had I chosen different personal options, I could have taken my new wheelchair home that same day, but with the slight changes I requested I still only had to wait an extra day or two before they delivered it to my home. The delivery man arrived within the time frame I was told and he was very knowledgable about the chair he was delivering. He gave clear instructions on it's use and about safety and was polite and friendly. I cannot fault any part of the experience. The wheelchair service must be under the same financial strain as the rest of the NHS, yet the service doesn't make that the first and most obvious thing to the patient. Everyone seemed to understand what I wanted and needed, and I felt that the staff I met face to face actually took care and time to help me which, sadly, I find isn't always the case in many NHS departments
The service is excellent the chair seat was made to measure and is very comfortable ,without this chair I would be housebound it is the best thing I could possibly have, I go out every day and do at lest 10 miles . I have now had it a year and it was checked over by very competent service engineer a new charger supplied and he said I needed a new battery and drive tyres and would be done A.S.A.P. I cannot fault the service it is excellent Thank you Dave Wilson Bh17
I received my wheelchair very quickly from being measured up for it. Andrew Tubb delivered it to my home and explained in detail how it functioned. He was very friendly and patient.
The Dorset Wheelchair Service helped my husband out of a tricky situation when the footrest and leg broke off his wheelchair on a Friday afternoon at 3.p.m. They were extremely efficient and very helpful and we cannot praise them enough for their kindness and help in a very worrying situation for us.